The Great Historic Buildings of Australia

Historic buildings are great places to hold parties or receptions simply because of the ambience and character that they provide. If you want plush opulence and elegantg style, they are already a given if you opt for these places. There’s something about places that have been allowed to mature by time – it holds many secrets, stories and tales of the people who have come and visited before. If you’re interested in utilizing a historical building for one of your functions – or for a big announcement, here’s a short list of places that you may want to consider:


  1. The Regent Theatre


regentWhen you think of opulence and classic style, the Regent Theatre in Melbourne is the one to go to. This historial building mirrors the charm of old Hollywood but is situated in the heart of Melbourne. It’s currently considered as one of the premiere venues in Australia. Truly a historical piece, the Regent Theatre opened in March 1929. Cinema tycoon and theatre benefactor Francis W. Thring had the Regent Theatre Built as the “Palae for the People”. He personally supervised the building process and he envisioned it to become the most extravagant picture palace in the city – something he achieved fully. The Regent Theatre has  Rococo interiors similar to that of the New York Capitol Theatre.


The Regent almost ceased to exist in 1945 when a big fire almost completely devastated the main auditorium. Only the Plaza and the foyers remained but the rulung Lord Mayor promised the residents that the iconic structure would rise from the ashes. Despite the lack of materials due to the aftermath of the war, the Regent reopened in December of 1949. The original look and feel was re-created and the artists painstakingly used the original molds. The dome was made even better than before and shone resplendently with gleaming chandeliers.


In 1953, the first giant screen was installed over the orchestra section of the Regent. It was also equipped with a cinema scope. But in 1973, the Regent succumbed to the pressure of commercial cinemas and closed its doors. Of course, years of neglect reduced the once mighty structure into an old and dilapidated structure. Fortunately, Melbourne leadership took the time to repair the historic landmark. The derelict and abandoned building was refurbished in 1993 and great care was taken to restore it to its original splendor. The Plaza Ballroom was made even grander than before and has turned it into one of Melbourne’s most sough after venues for galas, dinners, fashion shows and elite events and functions.


  1. Ayers House Museum, South Adelaide


For smaller, more intimate gatherings, we suggest Ayers House Museum in South Adelaide. This is one of the true grand mansions in Adelaide that was once owned by a powerful and prominent family in the area. Ayers House is a 40-room mansion formerly owned by Sir Henry Ayers, a 19th century noble man. He came from England and went to Australua to become the Burra Copper Mine’s director. The original property was a brick house with 9 rooms, but Ayers had a vision for the place. It was made with stencilled finishes on the vaulted walls and high ceilings.


The ground floor features the state and family fininhg rooms, the servery and kitche as well as the house keeper’s and butler’s areas. The small drawing room is cozy and intimate. Morever, the place is decorated with fine antiques and exquisite pieces that reflect the former owner’s good taste and wealth.


Ayers House Museum is situated in the mail cultural boulevard. It is open for weddings, receptions, dinners, baquets or corporate events. This place is truly elegant and charming and evokes a laid back and slower pace of life of days gone by.


  1. Elizabeth Bay House, New South Wales


Elizabeth bayhouseFor parties and receptions of between 40 and 100 persons, the Elizabeth Bay House provides a stunning historical venue for weddings, receptions, or family gatherings. This colonial era piece offers astonishing views of Sydney Harbour while being just minutes away from Sydney’s Central Business District.


The place is known as one of the finest houses in the colony and is a favorite when it comes to corporate balls and functions. The Bay House was at its prime in 1839 until 1845, the time it was owned by Colonial Secretart Alexander Macleay and his famuly. The place remains the backdrop of fine taste and exquisite refinements over the years.The Bay House is a great choice for business lunches, parties and dinners.


What’s impressive about this historical piece is its outstanding architecture. It has high ceilings, elabrate fireplaces and furnishings. A real log fire bathes the venue in soft light – adding an air of timeless class and sophistication. Imagine being in this place for a family dinner, announcing your engagement, or launching your first business venture. What’s great about The Bay House is that it has its own caterer and event planner. They’ve taken care of small to elaborate functions and are sure to assist you with any requirements. There are also different packages to accommodate different budget requirements.


These are just a few of the historical buildinhgs that can be used as events venues. These are vetted and highly favored bye events organizers. Each of these venues are rich in history and possess their own character and personality. In house planning teams are there to assist guests in any and all requirements – be it corporate or for an elaborate catering function.

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